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Higher Education Pay Campaign 2018/19

The UNISON Higher Education Service Group Executive Committee (HESGE) met on Thursday 24th May to discuss the final national pay offer made by the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA). Following a detailed discussion, the HESGE agreed to consult members with a recommendation that they reject the pay offer. This is in line with a decision taken at […]


Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) ballot result

The Higher Education Service Group Executive has agreed to call off a planned ballot for industrial action, following the vote which saw 52% of members accept the proposals from Universities UK in an above average turnout. Over 1300 USS members at universities across the UK were consulted over and narrowly voted to accept employers’ proposals […]


School Uniform Grant Application 2018

We are delighted to forward details of the 2018 School Uniform Grant Programme. Follow the link below  (applicants must complete the application form and are encouraged to complete the survey please) and a Question & Answer leaflet which we hope will provide the answers to any questions members may have. https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/financial-assistance/ Please note the following […]


An update from USS

Stakeholders withdraw proposed changes to USS benefits On Friday 27 April, the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) agreed to revoke the previous benefit proposals it recommended to the trustee in January. No alternative benefit proposals were tabled by either party due to their commitment to the establishment of a separate Joint Expert Panel (JEP) to review […]


Higher education employers make final offer

Higher education employers have made a new pay offer of a 2% or £425 pay rise, whichever is greater, on all pay points for the 2018/19 pay round. The final offer follows the latest meeting between the higher education unions – UNISON, Unite, the GMB and academic unions UCU and EIS – and the University […]


University pay talks begin

UNISON describes first meeting as ‘constructive’ UK-wide pay talks for higher education got under way yesterday, involving employers and all five unions: UNISON, Unite, GMB and academic unions UCU and EIS. Although no offer has been tabled, UNISON described the discussions as “constructive” and all parties have said they intend to make progress across all […]


Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

UNISON has been consulting USS members across the UK on proposed changes to move to a defined contribution scheme. UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive met 19 March 2018 and considered the outcome of the branch consultation results as well as receiving information on other attacks to support staff pensions across higher education. 91% of […]


Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

The higher education employers represented by Universities UK (UUK) have proposed significant changes to the USS pension scheme.  USS is the pension scheme predominantly for academic and related staff in pre-1992. USS is currently a hybrid pension scheme, with defined benefits for earnings up to £55,000 with defined contribution benefits above this threshold.  Universities UK […]